Life is short. Find work that matters.



6 March 2017 – Kicks off 6.30pm
St John at Hackney, London

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Join our annual celebration of doing something different.

Come along to hear stories from those who have escaped into meaningful work, connect with others who will help you turn inspiration into action and hear insights from New York Times best-selling author Chris Guillebeau.

This event is for you if…

You followed the rules, listened to advice from parents and teachers, did things right and got a ‘good job’ – but have that nagging feeling that you could do more, be more… do work that makes you really feel alive. Perhaps ‘success’ doesn’t feel like all it’s cracked up to be.

You’re not alone. You’re part of a growing group of people who are feeling disillusioned, looking for something different. Perhaps you know what that ‘something’ is (a new job, a business idea), and don’t know how to make it happen. Perhaps you don’t know what direction to take. Either way, you’re in good company.

You’re probably asking:

Is this realistic? Will I go broke?
Do I have to take a step down?
What are the options out there for me?
Do I have the skills I need?
Where can I find the time to even think about this?

World Escape Day is all about demystifying what’s involved in making an ‘escape’ and getting practical about the realistic steps you can take to start moving forward. Most of all, it’s about meeting people who think like you do, who can help you turn thinking into action.

Join us to:

Explore the art of career experimentation, and how small steps can lead to big change

Ask Chris Guillebeau and our Escape Heroes your questions in a live Q&A session

Hear about the future of work, and how to make the most of it

Meet other people who aren't happy to settle for work that doesn't matter to them

What to expect
Lessons from the Original Non-Conformist
Meet Your Hosts

Headlining the night will be New York Times best-selling author Chris Guillebeau, whose books include The $100 Startup, The Art of Non-Conformity, Born for This and The Happiness of Pursuit. He’s also the man behind the amazing Side Hustle School podcast.

On his travels to every country in the world (yep, all 193 of them), he’s learned a thing or two about carving your own path, making change happen, and doing work that matters. He’ll be talking about what it means to live your life in a way that others don’t expect, and how to make plans that actually become reality.

And the really great news: all tickets come with a free copy of The Happiness of Pursuit.


Meet Your Hosts
Meet Your Hosts
Meet Your Hosts

Mark Leruste (left) – as well as being a tribe co-leader for our recent Escape Tribe, Mark is the founder & host of The Unconventionalists – a weekly podcast providing a healthy dose of inspiration for people who want to get started on their entrepreneurial journey and live life on their own terms. Each week, Mark tracks down world class guests, from best selling authors to disruptive entrepreneurs, to breakdown and demystify what it really takes to build a mission-driven business.


Victoria Stoyanova (right) is an inspiring human… she has been one of our superstar Startup Tribe mentors and spent the last decade of her career researching how to build communities. Victoria runs Malleable, a practice dedicated to community strategy and interdisciplinary collaboration. In her free time, she runs the wonderful CreativeMornings London, a monthly talk for the creative community taking place in 165 cities globally. She’s currently working on a podcast: The Work We Do (launching soon) and writing her first book.

Redefining Success Stories
People who have made the leap
Meet Your Hosts

Making an escape can be as terrifying as it is exciting, and as unpredictable as it is rewarding. No two stories are the same, but anyone who’s experimented with their career and found financial stability by making an exciting change has a bunch of lessons to share with the world. We have handpicked six ordinary people with truly extraordinary escape stories and tales of career experimentation. They have some remarkable insights to share and will be answering your questions about what it takes to make a brave – and financially viable – change.

Paul Coverdale – forecasted weather for the Navy but lost his way and found himself no longer enjoying the life or the job. So in September 2015, he began a series of experiments, and as well as being a dad he has been working on start-ups, academic research, organisational culture, writing, speaking, altruism, humanising business, mentor schemes, volunteering…a true 21st century career!

Charlie Bilsland – fed up with IBM life Charlie handed in his notice to hop on a bicycle and cycle to China. Upon returning he co-founded Adventure Goat, combining his experience in strategy and adventure travel.

Samantha Moyo – is the founding mother of Morning Gloryville, a social movement and a morning dance party that has taken the world by storm.

Margot Radicati di Brozolo – found herself suffering from symptoms of anxiety and realised that she wasn’t alone. She told herself that if she could go from dreading her daily commute on the tube to using it as a productive part of her day, then others could too. She’s now on a mission to remove the stigmas in society associated with mental well-being

Shilpika Gautam – escaped her cosy life in London to paddle across the Ganges in India. On her quest to bring awareness to water pollution issues, she broke her own barriers and set a world record in stand-up paddling.

Deepak Ravindran – Previously a bank worker and subsequently a personal trainer, Deepak created “Oddbox” which creates a market for misshapen fruits and vegetables by rescuing these perfectly good produce and delivering them to your door for cheaper.

Connect with Progressive Startups and Organisations
We’re proudly supported by these fellow forward-thinking startups and organisations who are joining us in the conversation about the future of the working world. Connect with members of their teams, learn about how different is possible within a diverse range of industries and how you can support their missions.
Meet Your Hosts
Games and activities to connect you with new friends
Exercises to kickstart your career change – leave with an action plan
New accountability buddies to keep you on track
Local beers and unique cocktails

We look forward to seeing you there!

About Escape

Escape is a global career change community for people who want to do work that matters to them. We’re on a mission to help the world wake up to what work should look like. Check out our job board of exciting opportunities or our community tribe programmes to see more about what we’re up to.


About the venue, St John at Hackney

St John is a beautiful 18th Century church in East London, which has become known as one of London’s best live music venues having hosted the likes of Coldplay, Elbow and Florence & the Machine. It’s a short walk from Hackney Central station, which is a 10 minute overground journey from Liverpool St.

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